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Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update

A/Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver has July's update for Chipping Norton and the surrounding areas.

"This past month has seen disturbances outside the leisure centre on the Burford Road. Groups of youths have been congregating to the annoyance of users of the centre and have also been gathering at the rear by the old tennis courts. The youths have been moved on by police and will continue to be. Once again alcohol features in these gatherings and again this has been seized at every opportunity however one girl told us that she had been given it by her parents!

"Parking in Distons Lane has been causing some problems to users of the lane and a leaflet drop has taken place requesting people to be more careful how they park so as to avoid causing unnecessary obstructions.

"Late evening thefts have taken place in Station Road, and tools and plant removed. Although witnessed by a nearby resident, the incidents were not called in insufficient time to allow police to attend and attempt to apprehend the offenders.

Charlbury (including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)
"Alcohol has again featured in gatherings of youths at Nine Acres. Although the youths have been targeted and alcohol confiscated, it has not prevented unsightly litter being left on site.

"Charlbury again welcomes the presence of Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Stephanie Blake, who together with PCSO Wes Smith shares responsibility for the community. It is hoped that Stephanie will visit Charlbury on a regular basis and provide a much needed visible presence during the day.

"Following enquiries into an assault which occurred in Church Street a few weeks ago, a young man has been charged to appear in court.

"Damage has occurred in St Mary The Virgin Church where fire extinguishers have been taken from inside the church and damage has been caused inside and out. Any witnesses please contact us on 0845 8 505 505.

The Wychwoods (including Ascott, Shipton and Milton-under-Wychwood, Chadlington, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford).
"Although PCSO Petra Summers has returned to Carterton, the Wychwood beat now has PCSO Kirstyn Tyrer to take up the mantle, and it is hoped the residents will see a lot of Kirstyn as she gets to know the people and the area.

"During enquiries into criminal damage in Milton-Under-Wychwood, PCSO’s discovered a case of two thefts from local premises, all involving alcohol. These are being actively investigated, results hopefully next month!

The Bartons (including Middle Barton, Sandford St. Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)
"Once again we must report that groups of youths have been involved in disturbances in the grounds of the Sports and Social Club, Worton Road. These disturbances have become a regular occurrence over the past few weekends resulting in the assault of one youth who declined any police action. PCSO’s have been regularly attending The Bartons, especially at the weekends, and confiscating alcohol from a number of youths. However this has not stopped several youths from becoming extremely intoxicated and abusive. The disturbances have also involved youths from neighbouring Kidlington and Chipping Norton and are strongly believed to be associated with drugs and alcohol dealings. We value any information regarding these issues no matter how small.

"Residents in Middle Barton have recently received a notice concerning the parking of vehicles within the village. This is not a notice issued by the police, but by the local parish council. The police have received complaints concerning these notices however they were not issued by us or on our behalf.

"Officers attended Great Tew Primary School recently and gave a talk to the Year six pupils about drugs and alcohol. The pupils were very interested and somewhat knowledgeable on the subject, but the session was deemed a success by both staff and pupils.

Neighbourhood News
Please beware of bogus callers; we have again suffered from distraction burglaries and we cannot stress too highly the need for residents, especially the more vulnerable among us, to check the identity of anyone calling at their home before they open the door to them and certainly before they let anyone in.

"After reading the above it becomes evident that without the assistance of parents, the problem of youths, alcohol, fighting and the like cannot be overcome until they start to realise that the police are not substitute parents. When we are criticised for not arriving at incidents of assault, road traffic accidents, etc., within the expected time frame, it is because we are often dealing with youths who think it is the norm to run riot, antagonize residents and damage property, and who are out on the streets until the early hours of the morning.

"PCSO's have designated areas of responsibility which are as follows:

Chipping Norton
PCSO Stephanie BLAKE

Charlbury Beat
PCSO Stephanie BLAKE

The Bartons

The Wychwoods

Neighbourhood Specialist Officers
PC Samantha HUNTER

"On a lighter note, three officers from Chipping Norton police station, took part in the Race for Life at Heythrop Park on Sunday 24 June, raising approximately £130 for their efforts. Fortunately the rain stopped sufficiently to allow the race to take place in the relative dry.

"The Neighbourhood Team invites anyone who has a question or wants to find out accurate information straight from the Neighbourhood mouth to contact the team on 0845 8 505 505 or email to

Posted : 02/07/2007 21:32:29

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